News Buried treasure: Miners who worked in Smallcleugh, one of the long disused mines nearby

A Canadian company has discovered that Nenthead may be sitting on one of Europe's biggest deposits

'Suicidal tendencies' warning over mephedrone

A coroner warned today about the dangers of the drug mephedrone after two young men who were discovered hanging were later found to have taken it.

Mother tells of Raoul Moat shootings

A mother wept as she described the moment gunman Raoul Moat shot dead her daughter's boyfriend today.

Rethink on sale of nature reserves

The Government is considering scrapping plans to sell many of England's nature reserves following a growing backlash against its proposed sale of all state-owned forests.

Spurs must move to be a top-four club, says Mabbutt

Tottenham Hotspur icon Gary Mabbutt last night entered the increasingly bitter Olympic stadium debate by warning the north London club will struggle to play Champions' League football if they do not move to a bigger ground.

Club's Olympic bid 'desertion'

Haringey Council has attacked Tottenham's plan to leave the borough and relocate to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford as a "desertion". Tottenham will discover next week whether they or West Ham United have secured preferred bidder status for the 2012 stadium.

Flood warnings issued as rivers rise

Householders were bracing themselves today after heavy rainfall in northern England and Wales caused surging river levels to teeter near bursting point.

£100,000 jewellery stolen in raid on tycoon's home

Jewellery worth more than £100,000 was stolen during a raid at the home of the elderly founder of Barratt Homes, police said today.

Go down to the woods today and you may get a rare surprise

The search is being renewed this year for England's most elusive and enigmatic wild mammal, the pine marten.

Taylor lands own cash – and a lot of interest

Never mind Lou Reed, just ask Douglas Taylor about a perfect day. At Leopardstown yesterday his Dublin-based company, MCR, put up the prize fund for the afternoon's feature hurdle, one the most competitive and prestigious handicaps in the Irish racing programme.

Lawes and Ashton feel full force of brutal derby

Leicester Tigers 27 Northampton Saints 16: England's Johnson sees two young stars injured as Saints are beaten by a ravenous pack of Tigers

Swinson grabs late try to earn Falcons draw

Newcastle 19 Sale 19

Forecast: No let-up as cold snap continues across UK

Icy weather kept a tight grip on the UK last night, while further snowfalls are forecast for today. Temperatures dipped to -20 degrees overnight in parts of the West Midlands and Welsh borders, while by 8pm last night the temperature in Benson in Oxfordshire had dipped to -16.3 degrees. Andrew Sibley, forecaster for the Met Office said: "Another band of snow will move through the south west today along the south coast, which may affect London.

Teenage girl locked up for killing gay man

A former public schoolgirl who hurled homophobic abuse at a gay civil servant before kicking and stamping on him during a deadly attack is tonight behind bars.

Thaw prompts flood warnings

Melting snow has brought fresh warnings of localised flooding and the closure of an England to Scotland road link.

Steve Connor: Atlantic winds normally save us. Not this time

Britain's famously changeable maritime weather is dominated by the mainly westerly winds that come from the North Atlantic, whose water acts as a moderating influence over the extremes of summer heat and winter cold.

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

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Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

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Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

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Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

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A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

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Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

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The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

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Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

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How did our legends really begin?

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Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

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